Distinguished British journalist, politician and poet Martin Bell visited Chicago for a luncheon and talk on November 7, 2013. The Chicago Branch was pleased to welcome "the man in the white suit" for a special afternoon and hear Mr. Bell tell his firsthand accounts of war reporting.
Just as Walter Cronkite was "the most trusted man in American," so Martin Bell represents journalistic integrity and straight-talking to several generations of Britons. Bell has been many things – an icon of BBC war reporting, Britain's first independent MP for 50 years, a UNICEF ambassador, a staunch supporter of rights for the armed forces, and a tireless campaigner for honesty and accountability in politics. However, as his recent book, For Whom the Bell Tolls, reveals, he's also a talented poet of light verse. In his lecture, Martin Bell discussed his life, his war experiences, the experience of being a politician, and his poetry.